Tuesday 1 June 2010

Review: Strange Neighbors - Ashlyn Chase

 Strange Neighbors by Ashlyn Chase

Genre: Light paranormal romance
Pages: 384
Published: June 1st Sourcebooks Casablanca

He's looking for peace, quiet, and a little romance...
There's never a dull moment when hunky all-star pitcher and shapeshifter Jason Falco invests in an old Boston brownstone apartment building full of supernatural creatures. But when Merry MacKenzie moves into the ground floor apartment, the playboy pitcher decides he might just be done playing the field.

A girl just wants to have fun...
Sexy Jason seems like the perfect fling, but newly independent nurse Merry's not sure she's ready to trust him with her heart...especially when the tabloids start trumpeting his playboy lifestyle.

Then pandemonium breaks loose and Merry and Jason will never get it together without a little help from the vampire who lives in the basement and the werewolf from upstairs.
Merry wants independence. She is 25 and has been living with her dad and brother all her life. She wants a bit of Sex and the city, and she has found the perfect flat to start her new life in. At once she catches the eye of the landlord, a certain hunky baseball player named Jason Falco. Perhaps she will get to have a bit of fun after all. Jason on the other hand is not the all American guy that he seems to be. He is a shape shifter, and he is looking for that special someone, and Merry seems to be all that and more.

Merry is sweet, it is hard not to like her. Jason is a hunk, and lusting after her. But who said romance was easy? Throw in a paparazzi in search of a story and their fling can turn ugly. That reporter, grrr, did not like her, and that was the only time I thought Merry was too sweet, at the same time, it was the right thing to do. Do not worry she has got claws too.

Jason wants something more, because he needs something more when he is a shifter, romance can be a bit hard, not to mention sex. He can't fall too hard to a girl, because he, he mates for life. Something you have to love in a guy.

Did someone say sex, oh yes, Ashlyn Chase has previously written erotic romances, and trust me, she knows what she is doing, and there is some mind-blowing passion in here. For a sweet contemporary paranormal romance there is bed action too. Fear not.

Then there are the tenants. Oh they are the best. Jason's aunt who calls the cops all the time, such a busy-body. The scary looking guy in the basement who is obviously a vampire. Konrad, who does seem to have some werewolf tendencies, Nathan who surely has something going on too. Chad, your friendly neighbourhood ghost *coughs* or should I say your annoying neighbourhood ghost who wants to keep his bachelor pad and haunts it. Then there are two witches upstairs who seems to be having mind-blowing sex all the time, or? This is not your average sort of building.

I liked the witches, they were fun. I hope to see Nathan find a girl one day, even if he does not want it, and I have a sneaking suspicion who Konrad might fall for. And there is Chad, oh yes annoying Chad, lol, but have to love him too. He wants to find out who killed him and so this book is also a mystery when they try to find his killer.

Now where was I, yes there is romance, hot passion, an aunt trying to snoop around, fun tenants, and some shocking details about certain persons promised. All is not how it seems, but then by reading about the tenants I am sure you guessed that so far.

Blodeuedd's Cover Corner: It looks cute and fun
Reason for reading: From the publisher
Final thoughts: A fun paranormal with romance, and passion promised.....3


  1. I saw another review and thought this looked like a cute read. Your review cemented it - I'm adding to my TBR!!

  2. Great review Linda. I like that it's light paranormal. I am definitely picking this one up, like maybe today or tomorrow :)

  3. Sounds cute- a good light read for summer.

  4. Great review B. I have this one on my wish list. :)


  5. I'll have to add this to my "read if I start reading m/f again" list - I like fluffy paranormals like this.

  6. Patti
    Oh Anna's? But yeah it was cute, some really funny characters, and do not forget the passion

    Thanks! Sometimes a girl needs some light paranormal romance, lol

    I think it would be perfect for that!

    Oh yes, I hope you get it.

    How shall I ever get you back on this side? ;)

  7. Heh, I can't see it happening for a while.

  8. This sounds like a fun read! Sounds like a very busy building to live in :)

  9. Mind blowing passion..nice!

    I have a guest review of this coming up and they really liked it :)

  10. Great review! I totally want to read this, it sounds interesting!

  11. I so want to read this one and I Love that cover!

  12. Chris
    I will never manage lure you over ;) But hey that will not stop me from trying!

    Lol, too busy for my own personal taste, but fun to read about

    Thanks Marie!
    And fun that you stopped by

    Oh cool, I will stop by then and have a look

    I know right, so cute and funny. This chick-lit feel and I heart those covers. They just look fun, and makes me wanna read them

  13. Hey my love! I am just popping in to say a quick HI!!! I have missed you!!!!!!! Sorry I have been MIA... Spent some time with the hubs - he is away for work!

    Great review you did here!!! And yes, I will be adding this one to my list! Surprised I know.. but that is how good you are at your reviews my dear!!!!

  14. Ashlyn Chase is good, glad you liked this!

  15. Nice review, hon! Sounds like a fun book. How hot is the passion exactly? ;)

  16. Thanks Cecile
    great to see ya! I have been relaxing, oh it has been lovely for sure.
    Take care hon and have a great week!

    Oh cool, you have read her?

    How hot, well, hm, it can sure get hot in PNR sometimes, and when they did things, they sure did it graphically, oh man, I should have a scale

  17. Ahh hon..

    This sounds like you had a blast reading it..

    I do have this on my list - I love books where author stretch themselves and give us something different..

    great round up..


  18. EH
    I like that an author can move from one way of writing to another. Now I have not read her other books, but still :)



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